Sunday, September 29, 2013

October Tarotscopes

  October means we're firmly entrenched in fall, and winter is on its way- a time of harvests, pumpkins, apple cider and cooler weather! Looks like Mercury is going retrograde for the last time this year, from October 21 until November 10th. Now, this is certainly not the end of the world, though it tends to give us a somewhat contrary influence on occasion. At any rate, remember that the planets can influence- not compel. So let's take a look at the month ahead:
Aries (March 22-April 20)

October looks like a busy month for you, Aries- the Hierophant is joined by the 9 of Pentacles, indicating that though you're working hard and driving onwards in typical Aries fashion, don't neglect what is important. Although your natural tendency is to be stubborn, don't let this stand in the way of both seeking out and offering guidance. The Hierophant is definitely a two-way street for you. The Hierophant represents, if you'll pardon the Tarot pun, a wealth of knowledge and experience. You've come a long way, so don't quit now, and don't let impatience stand in the way of helping someone else along. You may find you have the same goal, and in helping someone else, you help also yourself.
I know that Mercury retrograde is on the minds of all those astrologically inclined, and will say that things are not that bad; the worst thing you can do at this point is go it alone, and to reiterate, that's very much a two-way street. You never finish learning, Aries, as do we all. Your experience, as well as what you can learn, will help you this upcoming month.
Taurus (April 21-May 21) 
This harvest month brings with it a change of perspective for ever-practical Taurus: the World promises that same stability and reliability that this sign is so comfortable with. But at the same time, don't let that fear of change keep you from making some much-needed renovations. The 5 of Swords warns against being too... bull headed. (Is this a month for terrible puns or what?) What is it that's no longer working for you? What is it that you're continuously butting your head against? Don't be afraid to make changes this month, and remove what is obsolete and just in the way for you. Take a new perspective, which is not always the easiest thing to do, but take a step back, and see what you've held onto out of either stubbornness or simple habit. Out with the old and in with the new is the theme for this October in Taurus. It's natural to want to fear change- but don't. Change is not your enemy this month, and can very much work in your favor. Why not make yourself comfortable? Sometimes that means stepping out of your comfort zone and going somewhere new. At first it seems strange, but in the long run, it's to your benefit.
Gemini (May 22-June 21) 
It looks like a focus on finances this month for Gemini, as here we have the 3 of Pentacles and the Knight of Pentacles. The 3 shows your hard work and creativity has not been lost on those around you, and creative projects really are taking off! You may not see the immediate results, but it's sure as anything there. But this is only the beginning. The Knight, ever the practical figure as he moves along his way, indicates new opportunities. Look for more projects, and there's a very real possibility of a little extra green coming your way! It's up to you to use this wisely, and keep a practical head on your shoulders. Mercury going retrograde in the last two weeks of the month may throw you a curve or two, but just take a step back, take a look around you, and you'll be just fine. Remember, the forces around you can influence- they cannot command.Often that retrograde Mercury can bring about change- and again, is change really that scary? You know what to do, so don't hesitate to do it. Those born in the sign of Taurus are reliable, true, but at the same time often slow to change. Don't hesitate to change this month- this stability means you command a great deal of force behind the changes you make.
Cancer (June 22-July 22)

The natural tendency for Cancers is to cling to relationships and things they love. This evaluation is certainly not intended as a criticism, and this is in fact highlighted this October. We see the Queen of Wands and Justice, an interesting mix. People born under the sign of Cancer may sometimes have a little insecurity inside, though at the same time their naturally caring and sensitive nature often makes up for it. This month you'll have plenty of opportunities to display that charm and sensitivity, and to build lasting relationships.Look for a balance, and bring that balance to bear. There's a good indication of an opportunity to guide things this month; if you're feeling out of balance, like things aren't quite the way you want them, well, you know what to do. Set it right, take the initiative, and go for it. This may not be a natural tendency for you, but nonetheless, you can make a positive impact. There's a sense of worry there, like the planets aren't quite right, and it's true that you may tend to take a backseat to forces you consider out of your control. Well, they're really not out of your control! Step up and take the helm this month, and make those things you wish to see a reality.
Leo (July 23-August 22) 

When does a Leo do anything halfway? Just about never, is the answer. This is both a strength and weakness for Leos. The 8 of Swords and the 2 of Wands this month point to a period of rare uncertainty and indecision. Where to go, and what to do? You'll be faced with an interesting challenge this month, and opportunity is knocking. But which way to go? Instead of charging forwards with your usual optimism, you might feel uncertain. But this is a question of the grass always being greener on the side of the fence you didn't choose. Weigh your decisions carefully, and stick to it. When you doubt, you doubt with every ounce of your being. But on the other hand, once you reach that decision, know that you've made the right decision for you. Don't let that bad case of the "what-ifs" get to you- it's true that self-doubt is something of a stranger to you, but in the long run thinking out this decision you'll be facing this month can only make you stronger in the long run.
Virgo (August 23-September 22)

There's a strong focus on relationships and development this month, with the 6 of Cups and Page of Cups cropping up. Virgos tend to idealize, true enough, and remember things the way they wanted them to be rather than the way they actually were- but from this, it's a way to take the positive and learn from the negative. It's a great month to make full use of that curiosity and desire for knowledge as well. None of us are perfect, but the dedication and hard work that mark a Virgo are coming to prominence this month. However, be on the lookout for retreating into memories, or becoming overly withdrawn this October. Don't hesitate to get your hands dirty and dig for what you want, and let your idealism guide you. Not always the most practical approach to a situation, idealism is often a gift. Don't lose it this month, and don't lose sight of the way you imagine things could be. Keep chasing that dream is the theme for this month.

Libra (September 23- October 22)

October is often a good month for Libras, as the Sun is in your house, bringing energy and drive to put that analytical and thoughtful mind to work. And you'll have plenty of opportunity to improve this month, as Temperance points to a month where introspection and improvement are favorable, and the Empress points to lots of "good vibes" coming your way. There may be a tendency this month to become too engrossed in your own mind, and to lose perspective. Don't stand on the tracks, Libra- you might not hear the train until it's right on top of you. The Empress points to positive energy, and this can be very useful during this time, but don't get too complacent, and don't coddle yourself this October. Despite Mercury's retrograde in the second half of the month, there are opportunities to advance this month- be sure to make use of them!

Scorpio (October 23-November 21) 

You'll be feeling attractive and upbeat as the Sun heads your way, bringing with it good fortune. Now is the time to lay plans for the winter, and further down the road. You've heard the phrase "make hay while the sun shines"? Well, now is the time to do just that. The Ace of Cups promises a great start to the month, and with it the 2 of Swords warns of questioning your decisions. There's also a message here that if you don't use it, you may lose it! Look for opportunities earlier in the month, and take advantage of them. Don't let uncertainty and doubt stand in the way of getting stuff done this month, and don't wait too long. Not to worry, trust your own judgement this month, and don't second-guess yourself. This isn't a natural way to feel for self-confident Scorpio, and you may feel uncertain of how to proceed. But rest assured, that understanding you have will get you through.

Sagittarius (November 22-December 21) 

Single? Looks like romance will be in the air this month for you! In a relationship? Look for a deepening of that relationship, and drawing closer to your partner. This fall looks like a good season for you, rounding out a productive year. Now's a great time to get ready for the future, and look for new opportunities this month. The Page of Pentacles points to new opportunities, and employment looks favorable this month for you, taking you in new directions and finding you learning new skills. This will spill over into all areas of your life, improving as it goes. Prepare for the future, and let your natural optimism lead you to what you might even think impossible.

Capricorn (December 22-January 20) 

This month promises to be one of hard work and ambition, something Capricorns are no stranger to. The Knight of Wands points to swift, determined motion. Where do you want to go today? Keep this in mind, and avoid rash actions- don't make a decision solely to get out of a point of uncertainty. Thinking through the decisions you make this month can make all the difference in the world, and sticking to the decisions you have made will make all the difference in the world this month. As time goes on, you may find things weighing on you, and find yourself seeking out a break from the battle. Though practical, even hard working Capricorns need a break once in a while. The 10 of Wands tells us that if you're not happy with the decisions you make, well, the power to change that situation is with you this month. Avoid going in too many directions this month, and avoid trying to take on too much; your thoughts are sometimes bigger than your abilities, and an occasional reality check may be needed this month. But never fear, as always it's up to you!

Aquarius (January 21-February 21) 

Things are looking up this month, as the work you've done this month will begin to pay off. Going your own way and blazing your own path has resulted in a good foundation this month. Stability and staying the course are in the cards for you this month. With a tendency to go your own way, look for returns and developments in investments coming back to you this month. Don't be afraid to go out on a limb for someone, or to take a chance on your future this month, Aquarius. With a firm foundation underfoot, begin to expand and head outwards, looking to that far horizon. The 4 of Wands indicates that you've come this far, and things are fairly stable- a good balance that's easy to maintain! So move forwards from there, and build on that stability.

Pisces (February 22-March 21) 

The influence of Mercury's retrograde might be felt this month, Pisces. Naturally sensitive, you have a tendency to avoid conflict. However, once in a while you need to step back and take a look around. You may feel on top of the world this month, but don't let those good feelings go to your head. With a vivid imagination and a tendency to daydream, you might be missing something right in front of you. The Magician points to great dreams and great designs, and success can sometimes go to your head. So from that success, don't get too comfortable. Instead, make sure your foundation is as stable as it seems. Watch out for gossip and jealousy, which you can sometimes overlook. Everyone likes to have their ego stoked, but beware of any ulterior motives. Is everything as it seems? There are two things to keep in mind- one, have a clear goal in mind, and two, make sure you really reached that goal.

So overall, it looks like a mixed bag this October. But remember, it's always what you make of it- not where you start from, but where you go and how you get there!

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